Reina Silvia Galapagos Cruise

Named after H. M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, with gracious permission, Reina Silvia Galapagos cruise operates carefully arranged cruises in the Galapagos Archipelago. Built by Lydia Inc. of Stuart, Florida, USA, Reina Silvia is 90 feet long. Reina Silvia was redesigned to create a pleasant atmosphere for groups of 12 to 16 distinguished passengers. With a highly trained crew of eight members, including a highly qualified multilingual naturalist guide, Reina Silvia accommodates her guests in six staterooms.

Navigate the Galapagos in comfort with Reina Silvia Galapagos cruise while enjoying tasteful cuisine, informative lectures from the certified naturalist guide, or rest in the library while reading or watching nature movies. The six cabins have two single or extra large beds, and four rooms include a concealed post for a third passenger. All rooms have air conditioning and a spacious bathroom with full size shower.

Reina Silvia offers an eight-day excursion through the western part of the Galapagos archipelago, and an eight-day itinerary on the eastern islands. Diving equipment and kayaks are available for your explorations on the islands.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONGalapagos
DEPARTURE TIMETo be determined
RETURN TIMEAt proper time for Galapagos returning flight
WEARShort sleeve shirts, Long sleeve shirts, Lightweight long pants, Shorts, Sweatshirt, Light rain jacket or poncho, Socks Bathing suits, Wide brimmed hat.
Reina Silvia Yacht Galapagos Cruise INCLUDES
All meals throughout cruise
All meals throughout cruise
All excursions
Bilingual National Park Guide
Use of snorkeling equipment
Free airport assistance*
1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil
(the day before the cruise)*
2 Free transfers to Galapagos Flights*
Reina Silvia Yacht Galapagos Cruise DOES NOT INCLUDEInternet / Wi-Fi
Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador airfare
Other alcoholic drinks
$100 Galapagos National Park fee *subject to change
$20 Transit Control Card
Use of wetsuit
Travel / medical insurance
Tips

 

 

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DAY 1

Arrival in Baltra and Santa Cruz: Highlands You will arrive at the airport on Baltra Island in the morning and after passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by guide from the Reina Silvia.
Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the Highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green, contrasting beautifully
with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia trees, creating
the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a
unique, surreal experience.
Fausto LLerena Breeding Center The afternoon visit is the “Fausto Llerena” breeding center where giant tortoises are bred in captivity and reared until the age of 5 years, when they can survive the effects of introduced predators. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity.

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DAY 2

Española: Gardner Bay / Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet In the morning, you will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely whitesand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You can also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.
Next visit is the small island in front of Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet. There you will find steep cliffs, large boulders and sandy ledges. For adventure you will find on one end of the island are curvy tunnels and the other are caves that make for a fascinating exploration.

Next up is Osborne Islet, a marine visitor site on Espanola Island. Osborn Islet is near Española and is a great place to observe sea lions, parrot fish, butterfly fish, coral and possible red-lipped bat fish.

Española: Suarez Point You will end the day visiting Suarez Point, located on the western end of Espanola island, you will find a large population of albatross, or wild sea birds as well as carnivorous mockingbirds.

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DAY 3

San Cristobal: Lobos Island / Kicker Rock Your morning visit will involve an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with boasting, playful sea lions who will welcome you to their home upon landing on San Cristobal Island. This island offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Next, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore
of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Punta Pitt In the afternoon, you will end up visiting the Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.

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DAY 4

Santa Fe Island In the morning, you will visit Santa Fe Island (Barrington) which is home to a small, picturesque bay also named Santa Fe. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.
South Plaza Island In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its colour is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

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DAY 5


Genovesa: Darwin Bay In the morning, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
Genovesa: El Barranco In the afternoon, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
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DAY 6


Santiago: Sullivan Bay The morning visit heads to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, located on the southeast part of the island. This place is interesting for its geology because the area has elevations in form of small volcanoes, formed by the lava flows.
Bartholome Island In the afternoon, you will head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.
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DAY 7


Rabida Island In the morning you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. You will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach and after an easy hike you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
Santiago: Chinese Hat In the afternoon, you will visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.
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DAY 8


Baltra: Transfer to the airport After breakfast, you will be transferred from the boat to Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancelations, local authorities orders.

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DAY 1

Arrival in Baltra and Twin Craters You will arrive at the airport on Baltra Island in the morning and after passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by guide from the Reina Silvia.
You will have lunch at the local restaurant and visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.
Fausto LLerena Breeding Center The afternoon visit is the “Fausto Llerena” breeding center where giant tortoises are bred in captivity and reared until the age of 5 years, when they can survive the effects of introduced predators. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity.

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DAY 2

Floreana: Cormorant Point In the morning, you will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.
Afterwards, you will visit The Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island
ocated just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most
beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin
watching.

Floreana: Post Office Bay / Black Beach / Haven of Peace After lunch, you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on the beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So do not forget your postcards, and do not be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!.

In the afternoon, you will visit The Asilo de la Paz. This is a hill 450m high that is behind Straw Hill in the
agricultural area of the island. The main attractions are of an historic type: one is the cave of pirates and
the other is the freshwater spring. The two sites are located at the base of the hill.

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DAY 3

Isabela: Moreno Point In the morning you will visit Moreno Point located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.
Isabela: Elizabeth Bay In the afternoon, you will visit Elizabeth Bay, is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

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DAY 4

Isabela: Urbina Bay In the morning, you will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water along with flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of the Alcedo Volcano.
Fernandina: Espinoza Point In the afternoon, you will land at Espinoza Point and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you’ll reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

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DAY 5


Isabela: Tagus Cove After breakfast, you will visit Tagus Cove which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.
Isabela: Vicente Roca Point The afternoon visit is at Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish).
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DAY 6


Santiago: Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove In the morning you will start visiting Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.
Next you will visit the Buccaneer Cove which is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge
for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

Santiago: Egas Port / Salt Mines After lunch, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Later in the afternoon you will visit the Minas de Sal, located northwest of Santiago Island. The trail has an
approximate distance of 8 km. round-trip. This site has an important history from the year 1683 when William Ambrose Cowley visited this place, it was he who gave the name of James to the Bay and the island there have been many travelers who have visited this place to exploit this natural resource and salted beef and fish.

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DAY 7


Santa Cruz: Las Bachas Beach The morning visit to Bachas Beach which is a swimming beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.
North Seymour Island In the afternoon, you will visit North Seymour. Here you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on the Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
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DAY 8


Baltra: Transfer to the airport After breakfast, you will be transferred from the boat to Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancelations, local authorities orders.

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